Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 8 (IOP8)



The cosplay community unites to help out those who have been affected by heavy flooding by participating at IOP 8,  or Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 8, the latest in a long-running series of photoshoots for cosplayers and photographers alike.  Organized by Otaku Urule, a student-based organization which promotes Japanese pop culture in the country, more than a hundred cosplayers, photographers and enthusiasts alike once again trooped to the ever-scenic and ever-dependable Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife with earnest expectations of having a fun and memorable day with each other, with the only rule being: to have fun, meet friends, respect one another, and enjoy.




Continuing where it left off from the first part at Fantasy Quest 3, IOP 8 was a campaign to raise funds for the benefit of those who have been affected by recent calamities.  It was everyone’s earnest desire to give back to the community while participating in something meaningful as well.  As with the long-line of IOPs, before it, this one was a truly fun event as the participants went on photoshoots all over the park.  Participants interacted with each other in new and meaningful ways, took pictures with the other visitors at the park, and for some it was simply an opportunity to goof off and have plain old fun.




Also, as with other IOPs, the weather was quite challenging to work with, and for the nth consecutive time it rained again.  The participants took shelter in a building under construction where they continued taking photos, with some taking the rainy lull to catch their breath, talk to each other, and make new friends.  Everyone was too busy and barely noticed that the rain had already ended.  Everyone then took the chance to take some more photos before the sun finally set again on another IOP.   As always, everyone went home tired but happy.  Some even didn’t want the day to end and they had to be shooed away by the park’s well-meaning guards just to get going.








Given the short notice made for the event, the turnout was still quite good and everyone’s help and donations made this IOP another successful one.  This wouldn’t have been possible if not for the able, courteous and experienced staff of Otaku Urule, who made sure the event ran as smoothly as possible for all the participants.  Looking forward to the next IOP. Many thanks to Sir Gerum Guamil for his invaluable tutelage and knowledge.



















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Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe:, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.